Winter?Autumn? and WIPs

Winter has bullied its way in, and pushed our beautiful autumnal season out! ūüė¶

*sigh*

It doesn’t seem like our 7-inch snowfall on Halloween was a fluke either. ¬†The snow did melt (none too quick though–took a few days!), however, we are still colder than normal and the rooftops are dusted white once again this morning.

I took these pics the day after our big Halloween event!

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You can see autumn didn’t get to finish its ‘work’ this year.

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Even our front porch squirrels got Halloween snow dumped on them!

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So, anyway… ¬†Hello! ¬†On a positive note, with this weather comes more time to spend indoors and create, right? ¬†I’ve got lots of things in progress. ¬†(Probably too many, as my head is starting to feel a bit jumbled–better get some of these things moved to the ‘completed’ list.)

I showed you this dress as it was being knit. ¬†I finished it, blocked it, then tried it on my Little Darling. ¬†The sleeves were too long and a little too wide. ūüė¶ ¬†I figured out where I wanted to decrease the sleeves, and then ripped back to that row. ¬†Two decreases and four rows less on each sleeve did the trick. ¬†It wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be.

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I spent the day on Sunday sewing dresses for Gracie and Talyssa, my Kaye Wiggs MSD girls. ¬†I quickly realized that I am out of practice sewing for them–the first dress came out too tight around the waist–no room for the added bulk of a pair of snaps. ¬†If I add a bead and loop closure it could work, but going to put it aside for now.

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After this ‘fail’, and so I wouldn’t ruminate over it, I quickly made another and the second dress worked fine. ¬†Yay! ¬†It turns out my skirt width for the first dress was too wide and added too much bulk (with the gathers) to the waist.

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While in my studio sewing I snapped a few photos of my dolls and their ensembles that were pretty-ing up my view.

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Today I’ll probably do some knitting on the cardigan that will accompany the red snowflake dress and start weaving in ends on my three sweater dresses that are waiting to be completed.

I might also brave the cold and go out for an invigorating autumn, or I should say wintery, walk in my neighborhood.  Also, a pot of homemade soup simmering on the stove would be perfect today.

How about you?  What are your plans for the day?

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Thank you for stopping by!

 

Merry Halloween!

Hello my friends, and Happy Halloween!

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However…, ¬† I must add that it looks like Christmas here in northern Illinois.

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It snowed last night, is still snowing, and will be snowing for trick-or-treating. ¬†The way it’s blowing around as it comes down makes it look like a little blizzard out there. ¬†I cannot remember a Halloween with snow. ¬†Trick-or-treating in a snowstorm seems like a novel experience. ¬†Maybe it will be fun for some–at least I hope so; we have lots of candy.

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It is beautiful, as all first snowfalls of the season are!

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Many trees still have leaves on their branches which are being weighed down by the wet snow! ¬†I hope they don’t break.

This is what Patience thinks of all the snow.

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To see more of this ensemble from 2013 click here for the blog post.

I plan to stay home today and sew!  The dresses for the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes are coming along.  I worked many hours on them yesterday getting the pockets sewn on and the neckline ties made.  All I have left to do to finish them is to sew up the back seams, stitch the neck casings/insert the ties, and stitch hems.

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I’d also like to get started sewing a Christmas dress for one of my girls today. ¬†Up to now my 2019 Christmas dresses have all been knitted sweater dresses. ¬†I just finished this blue one for the Little Darlings which is blocking. ¬†I changed up my sweater dress pattern slightly by nipping in the waist and rearranging the increases for the a-line skirt. ¬†I added thin mohair bands of ‘fur’ for all the edgings.

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Thank you for visiting with me.  Wishing you all a Happy Halloween, not too spooky, just fun-filled and sweet!

Bye for now! ‚̧

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In Love with Autumn

Hello! ¬†Hello! ¬†Hello! ūüôā ¬†I hope you’ve had a beautiful week and weekend! ¬†I made my week busy by choosing to spend lots of time outside soaking up this autumnal season. ¬†I spent two days at the Chicago Botanic Gardens and one day exploring a new to me forest preserve. ¬†I feel quite rested and rejuvenated.

Below photo is from the “new” forest preserve.

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And the photo below was taken in the Rose Garden at the Chicago Botanic Gardens.

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However, even though I spent so much time outdoors, I did get a bit of knitting done this past week.  I am working on two more sweater dresses for the Little Darlings.  I think I am addicted to sweater dresses for my girls.  Anyone else feel the same about sweater dresses?  I DO LOVE them!  I keep knitting more and more!

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The green one is almost finished–only a few more rows. ¬†I am using my Sweater Dress pattern, but changed it up by making a wide garter neckline to look Santa-like. ¬†The hemline will have a “fur” band also. ¬†A Santa hat will most likely be in order for this one.

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The pretty blue (love this shade of blue) sweater dress has long sleeves (my first for a Little Darling sweater dress) and narrow “fur” trim at the edges. ¬†I blocked the first sleeve right after it was completed, and while it was still flat.

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I am liking these two so much–getting excited for them to be completed. ¬†I hope to soon be rid of the ‘sweater dress making bug’ and do some sewing of Christmas dresses (with cardigans or capes, of course) next. ¬†You’ve seen my pile of Christmas fabrics; they really need some attention.

We have lots of small lakes around here and many of our forest preserves include paths around them.

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This one had a boat launch, fishing pier, and lookout points at different spots around the lake.  There were some lookout areas with large flat rocks that I thought would be nice for taking pictures of my dolls.

I don’t have any little ones, but for those that do the playground here looks like a lot of fun. ¬†I love the super huge frog, turtle, and beaver. ¬†My daughter is taking a herpetology class (study of amphibians) so the frog and turtle are quite timely. ¬†(I sent her photos. ūüėČ )

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I wonder if at some time lightening hit this tree.  Regardless, it had a nice sculptural quality to it, so I took a photo of it.

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Of course you know I cannot resist photographing mushrooms.

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My two visits to the Chicago Botanic Gardens were a little different. ¬†My first visit on Monday was spent exploring my favorite gardens: ¬†English Walled, Japanese, Rose, Heritage to name a few. ¬†Then, on Thursday I dropped my daughter off for her one class and her choir practice and then drove to the gardens for a few hours. ¬†This time I decided to walk the perimeter of the entire place to go through the prairie, around the test greenhouses and test science center. ¬†I felt like I was ‘behind the scenes’ at some points.

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I discovered the McDonald Woods which are in the process of being restored.  At the entrance is a shelter with a fireplace.  It looked like it had been used and there was a log in it.  So cute!

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While walking around the perimeter, I found myself on the other side of the Japanese Garden islands. ¬†I’ve often seen people sitting on the benches here and wondered how they got over there. ¬†Now I know how.

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Flowers are still blooming here.  Lots of mums and asters everywhere.

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Not sure what the blossoms below are called–do you know? ¬†They seem to be some sort of fall flowering bulb?

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And in my own back yard I still have flowers as the frost stayed away from the house.

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Today, it is sunny and warm–so beautiful! ¬†Even though the temperature is warm the look of the landscape is changing–gone are the deep greens which are being replaced by golds, oranges, reds, and browns.

How is autumn shaping up where you live?

Thank you for stopping by today. ¬†Enjoy the week ahead! ‚̧